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A New Year’s Party Table Setting

December 28, 2016 Holidays, Home Decor

Hello from Beaver Creek, Colorado! I am currently on vacation with my family, sitting by a warm fireplace and looking out at the beautiful white snow we rarely, if ever, get in Texas!

I wasn’t planning on posting while on vacation, but as I was sitting here I realized I may be a little reluctant to let the magic of Christmas be over! Do you feel the same?!

Wanting to hold on just a little longer, I decided to share a quick little post that will hopefully help make the transition from Christmas to the New Year a little easier for me — and possibly you! I am definitely not one of those people who takes down their Christmas decorations on December 26th (except for that one year when our live tree had ticks!!!! UGH!!!) .  On the contrary, I love to keep up my holiday decor as long as socially acceptable!

In my opinion, when it comes to New Year’s decor, it is completely 100% ok to have a  bit of Christmas infused.

 I purposely decorate the dining room a little more “wintery” as opposed to “Christmasy” so as to make the transition from Christmas to New Year’s seamless. 

I generally begin a table layout by focusing on the centerpiece. I found a fabulous cream garland (if you ever come across one – BUY IT! – they are so hard to come by!!) and filled it with gold and blue sparkle ornaments. By adding the blue, and a little bit of sparkle we steer away from the traditional Christmas colors, but still create a nice transition from one holiday to the next.

So my husband and I used to always get into a little “tiff” about the centerpiece because as I was in the kitchen cooking, preparing our guests to arrive, he would remove at least half the centerpiece from the table!!!  What the heck?!?! His argument was he wanted to be able to see everyone at the table; imagine that!! But, he is right!! I can get too caught up in the design and forget the function!! Everyone at the table should be able to see everyone else : )! But, I still like height! So, in order to solve my dilemma, I added something thin and tall; in this case it was  silver candlesticks in varying heights. Problem solved!!  I’m happy with the look, and we can all visit while eating! 

I further dressed the garland with “ice-rimmed” pink poinsettia (red would be too “Christmasy”) and glittery gold mini trees. By adding the  glitter and sparkles it adds to the over-all “excitement index” we want from a New Year’s table!

Finally, by adding a simple gold dining set with matching gold utensils, we have seamlessly created a formal (but fun) look with the perfect transition from Christmas to New Year’s!





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Happy New Year!

Hugs…. Jennifer

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